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Cavite Reviews

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 27, 2006
Its herky-jerky camcorder style, jump-cut editing and sustained takes soon wear out their welcome.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
June 30, 2006
Cavite will go down in history as a classic of no-budget filmmaking, making such ingenious use of bare resources that it's a wonder the movie is an effective, even thoughtful thriller.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
June 16, 2006
This is by no means a polished film. But it has an energy lacking in thrillers that cost hundreds times more to make.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
June 3, 2006
Though the film seldom deviates from its thriller format, Gamazon and Dela Llana astutely weave in matters of political, cultural and religious importance, elevating Cavite well above mere genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 31, 2006
One of those blistering no-budget thrillers, like Open Water or Detour, in which the film's economy of means is the trigger for its ingenuity.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 30, 2006
A microbudget exercise in sensory overload that leaves you sick on all sorts of levels.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
May 26, 2006
Enhanced by the you-are-there immediacy of a hand-held digital camera, Cavite works up a visceral potency that overleaps the credibility gaps in the omniscient-terrorist device.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 26, 2006
A last act full of reversals would have filled in the holes in Cavite.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 26, 2006
The hand-held camera work gives the film an effective documentary pulse, but it adds up to only half a movie.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 25, 2006
Cavite was shot on a microbudget, and that turns out to be a plus. After so many overproduced blockbusters this season, it's nice to see a movie that's lean and mean.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 25, 2006
Terrorism and cultural identity are only two of the themes wound into a tight knot of fear and bewilderment in Cavite, a gripping no-budget political thriller.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
May 25, 2006
It might have worked if co-director/star Gamazon had taken an acting class, or if the kidnapper didn't sound like a villainous GPS navigating device.
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
May 24, 2006
A paragon of guerrilla resourcefulness and a model citizen of the global village, Cavite is a more anxious and vivid experience than most movies with budgets literally a thousand times bigger.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
May 10, 2006
For a guerrilla-style, no-budget Yank indie to even tackle issues of jihad terror and naive Western thinking is noteworthy in itself, but Gamazon and Dela Llana inflame the issues with a gutsy, athletic filmmaking package.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 7, 2005
Guerilla filmmaking at its finest.